In these works, I appropriate nostalgic images from cowboy movies, transforming them using both drippy expressionistic brushwork and tight detailed passages to literally build and destroy these icons. Through this process, I point to the mythic as well as tragic, fragile nature of these seemingly invincible heroes. Beneath the surface of these portraits lay doubt, remorse, and vulnerability, exposing the cowboy as an imperfect symbol for an imperfect time.